Dent Island Lighthouse

The Dent Island Lighthouse overlooks over the Whitsunday Islands.


Original kerosene burners upgraded to pressurised kerosene and mantle operation in 1926-1927 with a power increase to 50,000 candelas.

Because the tower was so short the clockwork mechanism had to be wound up every seventy-five minutes.

Solar conversion took place in 1981.


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Title Address Description
North Head
Unnamed Road, Bowen QLD 4805, AustraliaNorth Head
Dent Island
23 Front St, Whitsundays QLD 4803, AustraliaDent Island
Flat Top Island
Unnamed Road, Mackay Harbour QLD 4740, AustraliaFlat Top Island
Mackay Harbour
44 Mulherin Dr, Mackay Harbour QLD 4740, AustraliaMackay Harbour


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Technical Details

First Exhibited1879
LocationLat: 20° 22.1570' S
Long: 148° 55.7340' E
Original Optic
Current OpticSabik MLED350 3 tier
ConstructionRound iron clad timber framed tower and red cupola
Height10 m
Elevation37 m
RangeNominal: 11 nm Geographical: 17 nm
CharacterFl. W. 5 secs
Intensity1785 cd
Light SourceLED
Power SourceSolar Convn.1983
NotesAs at Jan 2011
  NB: Information is historical data and is not for navigational purposes.


The tower is not open to the public.


No tours are available.


No lighthouse accommodation is available

Hamilton Island Golf Club covers the southern part of the island


Lighthouse to remind us of region’s rich history – Whitsunday Times 12 May 2014

Dent Island Lighstation Heritage Management Plan – 2013


  • Images – AMSA
  • Images – Annette Flotwell
  • Image – Kandice Weymouth